The Potential of Permanent Gullies in Europe as Geomorphosites



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Zglobicki, Wojciech and Poesen, Jean and Cohen, Marianne and Del Monte, Maurizio and García Ruiz, José M. and Ionita, Ion and Niacsu, Lilian and Machová, Zora and Martín Duque, José Francisco and Nadal Romero, Estela and Pica, Alessia and Rey, Freddy and Solé Benet, Albert and Stankoviansky, Miloš and Stolz, Christian and Torri, Dino and Soms, Juris and Vergari, Francesca (2019) The Potential of Permanent Gullies in Europe as Geomorphosites. Geoheritage, 11 (2). pp. 217-239. ISSN 1867-2477, ESSN: 1867-2485

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Geotourism is a useful way to educate societies in the field of geomorphology and related natural hazards. Geosites, including geomorphosites, represent the basis for the development of this type of tourism. This study describes 12 representative gully regions within nine European countries. The characteristics of 42 permanent gullies, gully systems, and badland landscapes are presented. Based on scientific values of the sites, educational lessons to be learned were identified that are mainly related to (i) gullies as a geological window, (ii) present-day geomorphological processes and (iii) stages of historical gully erosion reflecting past human–environment interactions. To evaluate possible education activities, a geotouristic assessment of the studied gullies and badlands was made, based on scientific, educational, functional and touristic indicators. This assessment demonstrates a large difference between the selected gully and badland sites, particularly with regard to functional and tourist values. The geotouristic potential of gullies (badlands) is the highest in Italy and Spain and the lowest in Romania and Latvia. In some countries, permanent gullies are not regarded as geotouristic attractions at all, while in others, they constitute a significant element of their tourism development strategy. In our opinion, all activities must be part of a broader strategy for the development of geotourism in gully and badland regions, for example, gullies may be included as geosites within existing or planned geoparks.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gullies, Badlands, Geoheritage, Geotourism
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Geodynamics
ID Code:55675
Deposited On:06 Jun 2019 18:31
Last Modified:07 Jun 2019 07:32

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